Artists are a bit like magicians: controlling our viewers’ gaze with tricks of the trade. Like magicians, we want our viewers to stay focused on the interesting parts of the show. We have a variety of compositional tools at our disposal to control the audience’s attention, but the line of action & focal point are especially effective. The concept can initially seem abstract, but the best compositions all take advantage.
The ‘line’ might be invisible, but its impact isn’t. In this episode of the fix list we’ll see where beginners lose the focus, and how to grab it back.